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Digital Humanities


Projects Showcase

At Northwestern University, digital humanities projects take many forms, including online archives, multimedia essays, interactive maps, text analysis, and more. Below are some examples from the NU digital humanities community.


Archives + Exhibits

  • Caravans of Gold
    A digital project exploring the global reach of medieval Saharan exchange from the eighth to sixteenth centuries.

  • Classicizing Chicago
    A research project that tracks the way elements of ancient Greece and Rome inform expressions of Chicago’s distinctive identity as an American global metropolis.

  • Imagination Without Borders
    This multilingual website introduces the work of Japanese visual artist Tomiyama Taeko and, to a lesser extent, the paintings and prints of Maruki Toshi & Maruki Iri and Eleanor Rubin.

  • Open Door Archive
    A digital repository and exhibition space dedicated to the print culture and multimedia archives of multiethnic poetry in and beyond the US.


Maps + Space

  • Ancient Rome in Chicago 
    An undergraduate course in classical receptions in which students create an online, interactive walking tour of Chicago, including maps, videos, text, images, and more.

  • Chicago Mural Movement 
    A research project and undergraduate course that curates and maps photographs of murals from the Chicago Mural Movement of the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

  • Indigenous Tour of Northwestern
    An interactive and multimedia map that explores the history and continued presence of Native people in and around the area now known as the Northwestern University campus.

  • Pickpockets, Poets, and Other Sad Marvels of City Life
    A digital humanities course where students "wander" the city of Chicago, mapping their moves, reflecting on their lives, and curating art, literature, histories, and their stories.

  • Shakespeare's Circuits
    In these maps and essays, we track the circulation of Shakespeare’s plays and some of their translations, transformations, and adaptations across four centuries, from locale to locale to cover the great globe itself.


Text Analysis + Critical Editions

  • EarlyPrint
    A collaborative effort to transform the early English print record, from 1473 to the early 1700s, into a linguistically annotated and deeply searchable text corpus.

  • Pulter Project
    A beautiful critical digital edition of the manuscript poems of Hester Pulter (1605-1678) which seeks reveal to readers the often invisible decisions underwriting the making of poetry and poets.

  • WildWords
    An undergraduate course creating a collaborative encyclopedic-dictionary to be used as a resource for individuals in the Northwestern speech community.

  • WordHoard
    A digital humanities application for the close reading and scholarly analysis of deeply tagged texts, funded by the Mellon Foundation.


Digital Media + Data Visualization

  • Technologies of Language
    An experimental pedagogical project exploring the evolving nature of language and books in a digital age and the ever-proliferating digital technologies, platforms and applications being developed for the web.

  • Video Editing for Ordinary Film Analysis
    An undergraduate course and pedagogical project analyzing popular film through the creation and exploration of new media forms such as animated gifs, supercuts, and glitching.

  • Visualizing Les Misérables
    This website provides scholars and teachers with two visual tools for interpreting and teaching Hugo's
    Les Misérables.